->"Do you know the only reward you get for being Batman?
->You get to be Batman.
->And--when you're a child--you get a handful of years of real happiness, with your father, with me.
->It's more than some people get."
->-- ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader''

So it's the end of the story. Our hero has fought the good fight, and now it's time for him to go on to something greater. Will he find himself in FluffyCloudHeaven? Will he AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence? No, it turns out that his ultimate reward is to... stay right here. As a baby. Huh.

Note that this is not [[MerlinSickness the natural end result of someone aging backwards]]. This is the universe giving a well-deserving character new life, often returning him to the people who loved him in his old life. This can be especially touching when it happens to a character whose life has been full of hardship, fighting, or suffering; now they can return to a time of innocence, being taken care of instead of having to care for everyone else.

This may involve {{Reincarnation}}, but not necessarily; other methods for employing this trope can include [[FountainOfYouth De-Aging]] or [[FreakyFridayFlip Body-Swap]].

The villainous version is RaiseHimRightThisTime.

'''Also, this is an EndingTrope, so Spoilers Ahoy!'''

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito'' ends with [[spoiler:Hatsumi being reborn as [[SchoolgirlLesbians her lover]] Hazuki's daughter]]. {{Yuri Fan}}s were not happy.
* The first series of ''MinkyMomo'' ends with our heroine being run over by a truck--she goes through an afterlife heroquest, and as a result comes back as the [[HumanityEnsues biological baby daughter]] of her MuggleFosterParents.
* At the end of ''VampireGame'', Duzell, who gave a HeroicSacrifice, is reincarnated as the son of Ishtar, the woman he loved.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' this happens to [[spoiler: Hotaru]] after her HeroicSacrifice.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Batman in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader''
* '' TheNewUniverse'': Star Brand is reborn as a Star Child ''a la'' ''2001''.
* This happens to [[spoiler: the two main characters]] at the end of the ''{{Valerian}}'' series.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' - Dream does this for his former lover Nada. Nada was noble and virtuous, but had been made to suffer so much that, of the options Dream gave her after rescuing her from Hell, she felt this clean break was best.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Dave in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
* In the film version of ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', TheHero and his wife choose reincaration over heaven and hell.
* One of the various movies in the Italian comedy series ''Fantozzi'' has this trope PlayedForLaughs at the end when the titular protagonist, [[ButtMonkey Ugo Fantozzi]][[note]](enough of a [[TheChewToy chew toy]] to have that trope named after him in the Italian version of Tv Tropes!)[[/note]] dies, crushed under a steamroller [[CrowningMomentOfFunny (and receiving a flat coffin as a result)]]... only to be born again, ''as himself'', even coming out of the womb with the very same clothes, indicating his future life is going to be just as sucky as the previous one. His internal monologue, serving as the punchline, put it best:
--> ''[[SarcasmMode "Wow, how lucky I am."]]''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In a Twilight Zone short story, an ambitious man who murders some moving-in-next-door aliens gets this treatment from the one surviving alien when he begs for mercy for his family. The Twilight Zone twist is [[spoiler:he's now one of the aliens]]
* One ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel features a [[ItMakesSenseInContext guru-abbot from an order of time-traveling monks]] who's been in a cycle of death and rebirth for hundreds of years. After his most recent death, his spirit hovers over the house of a nice married couple as he waits to be conceived. The real kicker comes after that when he's right back to being a guru, drooling and bonking senior monks with his rattle whilst dispensing wisdom.
* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', the dwarves believe that their greatest king Durin will be born seven times and live seven lives. And, indeed, there already were several Dwarves in the line of Durin [[GenerationXerox very similar]] to the original Durin, believed to be Durin's reincarnations, and there is one more to go, if the belief is right.
* Happens in ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'' to [[spoiler: Idalia Tavadon]] after performing a HeroicSacrifice that ended up saving the entire world. "The entire world" includes WildMagic, which is ''extremely'' grateful to the point where [[spoiler: Idalia's reincarnation is an elf, giving her enough longevity to spend life with her true love, once she grows up again.]] According to elven lore, this is the standard result when you perform a service for Wild Magic that greatly outweighs what Wild Magic has done for you.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The ending of the music video of {{Moby}}'s ''Natural Blues''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''ShadowOfTheColossus'', arguably.
* ''7th Saga''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' did this, but didn't exactly play it straight. Link skipped forward seven years a third of the way into the game so his reward at the end is to regain those lost years. Though later games seem to show that this causes a lot of problems with the two timelines later on.
* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', after traipsing around the ghost world frantically figuring out the cause of his death, Sissel gets to live forever as a family kitten. He's pretty happy with his fate.
* Occurs [[spoiler:in the "Truth" ending]] of the game ''VideoGame/{{Misao}}''.
* In ''[[{{Darkstalkers}} Night Warriors]]'', Hsien-Ko and her sister Mei-Ling are reincarnated as human children after defeating Pyron.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Teddy Weddy in ''[[OneOverZero 1/0]]'', although he technically isn't "staying right here" as the whole cast is now moving to Oregon.

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